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As the investigation of the VA is underway in Washington, veterans across the country are appalled. The issue was the first of many brought up at a town hall meeting in Kinder Wednesday. Senator David Vitter said lawmakers on Capital hill want answers.

"If 10% of the stories that have come out are true - it's an absolute disgrace. I think we need new leadership, new vigor, and new leadership of the VA." said Vitter.

Vitter hopes it lights a fire under the VA. to make good on a promise to build full service veteran clinics in Lake Charles and Lafayette.

"Certainly this is a problem they can solve pretty quickly and easily if there is a will. And it's not just two clinics in Louisiana -- it's 27 clinics nationwide in 18 states," explained Vitter.

While Vitter said he's focused on his current job, he said as he travels the state, he's doing his homework for his gubernatorial run. He said while the obvious issues are education, budget and tax reform, and economic development, he'll continue to find out what other challenges Louisiana is facing.  

"So I'm spending all of this year -- really listening and learning about that in a very substantial way so that I will be prepared to lead a strong issues based campaign next year and hopefully to lead as our next governor," said Vitter.

So far, Vitter said he's held 372 town hall meetings and does one in every parish during every Congressional session.

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